Really interesting! As someone who lives in the mid-Atlantic (NJ, near Philadelphia) I'd love to see this come to fruition. As we see increased demand for food from local farms in the face of Covid19, but also lack of access to some markets and difficulties with sourcing labor, what does this mean for your vision?
Thank you so much for your interest. We, too, are excited about the possibilities around race and gender, though those will of course be some of the hardest pieces to tackle. Our thought is that with higher value crops, less land is needed so barriers of entry are lowered. Today, minorities and women who are farmers tend to have the smallest land which makes it quite difficult to make a living. That could change. Additionally, by switching to specialty crops, the stigma and history associated with racial injustice and row crops is removed so it presents a new opportunity. Still, these discussions are quite early and we are open to all opportunities as they continue. Please let us know if you have more thoughts on this topic!